Rufus the Baby Bobcat Kitten
Est DOB 10/1/11 – 4/26/2012
Rufus the blind bobcat kitten was believed to have been hit by a car on Dec 4th in South Carolina. He weighed just 4.2lbs, had a broken jaw, split canine and was comatose.
After he woke up from the coma he was pretty loopy, the South Carolina rehabber figured the impact had done brain damage. They had to wire the jaw shut, tube feed him and remove the broken canine. He was taken in by Big Cat Rescue on Feb 12th 2012, he’s now eating solids on his own and doing much better despite walking into walls and getting stuck in corners. He was having bad and frequent seizures, but those have almost subsided.
Rufus had a seizure around noon today. It was a typical one for him. Later on around 2 he had a more severe episode and was taken inside to the cat hospital. He had a high temperature and was not coherent.
He was given an injection of medication to sedate him and to stop the seizure. He rested for a couple of hours and his temperature was brought down with cool cloths and ice packs.
At 5 he began to wake up and had another severe episode and then suddenly he stopped breathing.
Every attempt was made to resuscitate him, however we were unsuccessful.
He quietly slipped away on his own terms.
He will be missed dearly by everyone who got to know him and of his story. He was a special little boy who touched many of our hearts.
Jamie took this photo of Rufus just yesterday when he was lazing in the sun, listening to the birds.
Thank you to everyone who made it possible to give his such loving care; especially the Skip A Holics and his staff here.
Thank you TBO for covering this story of precious Rufus the bobcat kitten.